Learning Lessons from Serious Case Reviews

Date & Time:

Friday 23 October 2020 (09.30 - 13.00)

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Oakhill Centre, Oakhill Close Harborne Birmingham B17 8DE


This new course will focus on the learning from; Serious Case Review - "Don’t just rely on assurances from parents…be curious, seek evidence" and safeguarding risks faced by adolescents, based on learning from the National Working Group (NWG) 

This is course is Case Study based so please arrive promptly to facilitate everyone’s learning.

Who Should Attend:

This course should be attended by Front Line Workers, Supervisors/Managers, qualified and newly qualified Social Workers, Youth Workers, Police, Family Support Workers, Housing Officers, Health Visitors, Midwifery, General Practitioners, Senior Education Staff, Early Years Staff, Play Leaders, Foster Carers and all those who are working, or in contact with children, young people and their families and those whose organisation could be affected by serious case reviews/learning lesson reviews.

What are Serious Case Reviews?

Whenever a child dies or is seriously harmed and abuse or neglect are known or suspected, Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership has a statutory duty to:

  • Review the involvement of all agencies who were involved with the child and their family.
  • Explore how agencies work together and consider improvements to strengthen the way in which local professionals and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children to deliver better outcomes.

Where there are lessons to be learnt, Serious Case Reviews play a pivotal role in improving multi-agency working, this includes recognising and embracing good practice as well as identifying and seeking solutions for improvements.


To identify recurrent and new learning drawn from SCRs (local and national) as well as recent reports/research. Using case studies to illustrate themes and highlight apparent systemic/practice failures to assist learners to imbed the learning in their own practice and in multi-agency working.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session, the learners will be able to:

Case Study 1

Recognise the heightened risks of harm from:

  • Understanding the addictive nature of drug and alcohol dependency and the importance of structured, focussed, regular intervention from experienced professionals.
  • Recognising the importance of regular drug testing and some of the potential pitfalls in such tests.
  • Understanding the challenges of a substance - misusing individual controlling such behaviour and the skill required by professionals in identifying behaviours of Disguised Compliance/Non-compliance.
  • Developing your professional curiosity to help recognise instances of disguised compliance.


Case Study 2

Identify the importance of professionals working together, sharing information and effectively coordinating responses in a time of austerity and reduced services. With note to:

  • Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE).
  • Impact of Coercive Control within the home.
  • The importance of working with the family to reduce risks from wider harm.
  • The need for respectful uncertainty when working with resistant families.
  • The impact of negative childhood experiences upon children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural development.
  • The importance of Contextual Safeguarding, recognising where risk is coming from and tailoring and coordinating the response to meet a young person’s experience of harm beyond the family environment.
  • The concept of ‘consent’ and influences on its validity in relation to children and young people. (Socially Abused Consent)



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0121 464 2612


2Hills Consultancy

Venue Details:

Oakhill Centre, Oakhill Close Harborne Birmingham B17 8DE